After crashing its skull for six times, French designer Jérôme Coste took matters in its own hands. He submitted himself at creating the most interesting motorcycle helmets. Why interesting? The safety factor was a must (you wouldn’t want our designer to crash and have yet another cranial fracture) and the shape propel them back in the 1970s, when these kind of helmets used to be made.
Kind of funny as Jérôme Coste claims to have inspired by sci-fi movies, Japanese anime and a dash of Steve McQueen. So…they also seem to indicate future tendencies. One particular model lets displays the carbon fiber (clearly futuristic) while the other is worthy of the “Captain America” series back in the 1970s. Now everybody’s happy!
See how high-speed crashes can influence your creative work in a positive way? Even so, I suggest trying the helmets, not this method of creating them!
In my opinion, there were kinds of motorcyclists: the ones that consciously swing the leg over the seat and think twice before opening the throttle (these being the ones that usually live happily ever after in the seats of their bikes) and the ones that can only think about hundreds of miles per hour and picking up chicks using their bikes (the young and inexperienced fellows).
Now, I must say that my opinion has been changed by this guy named Sherman who, although very young, it has the knowledge, passion and will to change something in this dramatic situation. Just listen to him.
The number of motorcycle licenses has increased this summer, and there seems to be more inexperienced riders on the road.
High gas prices have boosted sales of motorcycles and mopeds. But the appeal of the open road and more miles per gallon is carrying a sobering statistic, KMBC’s Bev Chapman reported.
Ten percent of the people who died on Missouri highways last year were riding a motorcycle, state records show.
On Tuesday, two men on motorcycles were injured in a collision at Highways 291 and 58 in Cass County. The highway patrol said they were passing a line of cars and failed to see a truck making a left turn in front of them.
"Statistically, the highest accident rate is someone who learns from a relative, learns from a friend, or just tries to figure it out for themselves," said Claudia Mekins, who teaches motorcycle safety at Maple Woods Community College.
According to the Missouri Division of Motor Vehicles, there are about 9,000 more licensed motorcycle drivers in the state this year.
"I’ve had people say they never thought of riding a motorcycle before. They’re just doing it because of the gas," Mekins said.
But saving money means little if you are injured. Mekins said many of the people turning the keys on two-wheelers haven’t ridden since they were kids.
"When you’re 12, you bounce. When you’re 40, you don’t bounce. When you’re 12, you ride on dirt roads or in the back yard. When you’re 40, you’re on I-435. It’s serious," Mekins said.
There are several schools in the Kansas City area that offer motorcycle training classes.
In what concerns this vicious circle determined by the increasing gas price, everybody does what it knows best. Bush is trying to keep gas numbers down (only that it doesn’t have any positive results), yesterday’s car drivers become today’s riders and the most important task – protecting people’s lives – falls in the hands of motorcycle producers.
One of the most notorious Japanese builders, Honda, has recently come up with this first demonstrative video having the intention of pointing out a bike’s performance with and without the anti-lock-braking system.
So they develop tests on wet or covered in sand surfaces with excellent results and if you are more of a non-thruster, there are also parallel demonstrations which clearly point out the way to go when choosing your bike’s brake system.
Experienced riders often say that the ABS takes a good part of a bike’s character and they don’t feel like being assisted when braking. That’s their opinion. If you’re a beginner I say the ABS leaves the best chances you’ll get out of a tricky situation with no dust on your new motorcyclist costume.(You know I just tried to make a nicer formulation there and things can go a whole lot worst).
We are happy to see that authorities are reporting the continuously growing number of deaths on motorcycles and the fact that this is related to the reduced MPG on these kinds of vehicles. Also, they give advices of how you should choose the right bike to fit you and your needs, as well as the riding gear. Take the time and watch this video because it might save your life!
We all know how “imposing” a policeman on a scooter can be, but with the new T3 Mobile Defender from Lamperd Less Lethal we ca lose the quotation marks very easily.
At a first sight it doesn’t look very threatening for lawbreakers and even would make such subjects believe that it was probably invented to keep officers rested for when it comes to chase them on foot. Wrong! The chase won’t even be necessary as the small scooter comes equipped with a powerful air gun and (...) > Full story
Given to the continuously increasing number of motorcycle accidents – most of them taking place in intersections or when reckless car drivers change lanes -, there are many attempts of making people conscious of the two-wheeled vehicles that share the streets with them and it seems that in order to have the best results these video have to reflect the drama experienced by those who simply choose the best commuting solution, not the safest. It is also the case of this new motorcycle safety video.
For those of you who ride your motorcycle or scooter with a brain bucket, commonly known as a helmet, it’s not always easy to know which helmets are good, and which aren’t. Price is definitely not a criteria.
One way of finding out which helmets are good, is frequenting motorcycle discussion forums. You’ll find a wealth of experience, offering advice on comfort levels, sound isolation, visibility, you name it.
But one area that these forums have a problem recommending, is what helmets were designed for: crash impact. No matter how comfortable a helmet is, no matter how good sound is isolated, no matter how sexy the helmet looks, if it fails a crash test, it’s of no use.
But you’re not going to buy a helmet and then fling it against a wall, or drop a bowling ball on top of it, just to see if it works. Figures supplied by the manufacturers don’t really count, since they have a vested interest in making the helmets look good.
In the United Kingdom, the government have started a helmet test program called SHARP (Safety Helmet and Assessment Rating Programme – it’s English, and they spell Program like Programme).
With its own website, all helmets on the market in the UK are being extensively tested, and the results published on the site for all to see.
They are using several criteria in the testing of helmets; linear, oblique impact, impact locations, speed tests and they look at the different head forms.
Now you can search for your favorite helmet and see if it’s really safe. Helmets are awarded stars: 5 stars are the best and safest, 1 star means they’re probably as strong as an egg shell.
The website, http://dft-1-sharp.eduserv.org.uk/, is still receiving and testing helmets, so you’ll not find every helmet on-line, but they’re working on it. Check out the “About SHARP”, which explains in detail the tests and why.
Would you buy a helmet based on your fellow rider’s recommendations, or would you consult such a website? Is this something that should be generalized?
We’ve already mentioned last week the high number of fatalities for the US armed forces stationed in Europe (link). But in the USA, things are even more grim.
Since October 2007, 32 Navy and Marines have died on their motorcycles. 30 out of the 32 were riding sports motorcycles!
This has caused the upper echelons of the Navy to mandate a training course for any sailor or marine riding a sports bike. The one day course teaches them safety on their motorcycles, from cornering and (...) > Full story